With increasingly demanding compliance, challenging political risks, and intense public scrutiny, there is a strong need for specialised expertise and advice.

The Governance Group is a consultancy committed to helping clients navigate risks and opportunities. Our work is based on global standards while also premised on local knowledge and solutions. We have real-world experience and can effectively apply the local political and business context and global standards to your issues.

We are highly committed to upholding high ethical standards for our work. All TGG employees and consultants are expected to respect our Code of Conduct

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Joachim Nahem

Founding Partner


+47 924 82 831

Joachim founded The Governance Group in 2016. He is a leading governance and sustainability expert with broad experience from across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab region. Joachim held multiple positions with the United Nations as a senior manager and governance specialist from 2003-2014. He is a trusted advisor to foreign ministries, international organisations and businesses and has a track record of carrying out complex assignments for a range of diverse interests including for the Norwegian Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Equinor, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. 

Joachim frequently provides commentary on international affairs in Norwegian media and is affiliated with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has published broadly on governance topics and serves as an analyst for the annual Freedom in the World publication. Joachim was in 2014 appointed by the Norwegian Government to lead the Open Government Partnership Council and is a board member of CARE Norway. He holds degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.

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Dr. Maria Gjølberg



+47 976 649 44

Maria Gjølberg is joining The Governance group from DNV GL. She has extensive experience as a sustainability advisor responsible for all services related to sustainability reporting, strategy and CSR management systems. Maria has more than 12 years’ experience advising large and small companies on sustainability, resulting in a strong combination of academic, commercial and practical experience in sustainable business development. She has managed several demanding and complex projects for international companies such as Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Telenor, DNB, ABB, as well as solar and utilities companies, including REC Group, Statnett, Statkraft and Scatec Solar.

Maria is an experienced key note speaker, moderator and panelist in various industry, government and civil society events, and a board member in the Norwegian Research Council’s programme for Nano Technology and Advanced Materials (NANO2021). She holds a PhD in Political Science on “CSR in the Nordic Countries” from the University of Oslo-UiO and has previously worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment (UiO).


Kristian R. Andersen



+47 959 38 970

Kristian R. Andersen is a leading expert within corporate governance. He joins The Governance Group from Norges Bank where he managed evaluations of board practices, sustainability, risk and performance management. Kristian previously headed external relations for UNDP in Norway and has also served as an associate expert at the UN Headquarters, conducting programme monitoring, risk assessments and evaluations. In the past, Kristian has also worked for Aker Kværner in Norway and the UK, and has extensive experience within communication, resource and stakeholder management.

Kristian holds a post graduate degree in Economic Analysis from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and is a Certified Bank Director.

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Dr. Isabel Mota Borges

Research Director


+47 400 53 306

Isabel Mota Borges has a legal doctorate in human rights and environment-related migration from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. She teaches at the University of Oslo and is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Business School (BI) specialising on European law, human rights and business. Borges has previously worked for more than ten years for the European Commission and in several grassroots organisations in Brussels and still acts as a Legal Advisor for DG Internal Market. She has extensive experience with various development initiatives, transnational research projects, strategic dialogue and capacity building including on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Borges is a graduate lawyer from Portugal and member of the Portuguese Law Society. She is currently leading research and training on The Governance Group´s 2018-2021 Angola Human Rights Project.

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Jon Vea

Senior Advisor


Jon Vea is a seasoned Norwegian diplomat (Ret.) with experience from India, Sweden and as Ambassador to Angola, which included responsibility for the DRC, Gabon and Equitorial Guinea. He also has managerial and advisory experience from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Export Council (now Innovation Norway). Vea is a board member of Transparency International Norway and heads a project for NHO on strategic partnerships between businesses and the Norwegian government in developing countries. Jon maintains an extensive international professional network within business, governments and a range of other sectors.

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Dan Schneider

Special Advisor


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Dan Schneider has more than 25 years of experience as an expert in criminal law, anti-corruption reform, and the promotion of good governance. Dan worked as a federal prosecutor for 10 years with the United States Department of Justice where he investigated and prosecuted violations of various federal criminal statutes, focusing on bank fraud, money laundering, and other types of white collar crime. Since leaving government service, Dan has served as a university professor, advisor and advocate on issues concerning corruption, governance and the rule of law.  Dan has advised many government agencies and organizations on anti-corruption reform efforts and the promotion of good governance, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Transparency International, the American Bar Association, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, the University of Wisconsin Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Niels Jacob Harbitz

Senior Advisor


+47 915 26 584


Niels Jacob Harbitz is a course leader and communication advisor with particular expertise in human rights, gender and development. He has previously conducted evaluations and provided policy advice and actionable recommendations to state and civil society agencies, international institutions, and humanitarian aid organisations. Niels Jacob is a team member of The Governance Group´s Angola Human Rights Project and framework agreement with the Norwegian Peace Corps.

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Lucilia Monteiro

Senior Advisor


Lucilia Monteiro has 20 years of legal and technical expertise within the Portuguese public sector and extensive experience of working on projects related to petroleum and natural resources law and human rights and business training. Lucilia has supported an NVE project (Lund & Co. framework agreement) in Mozambique as well as supported the planning and implementation of two social investment projects of Equinor in Angola. Lucilia is currently supporting The Governance Group in the implementation of a human rights training project in Angola, on behalf of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Luanda.

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Stephanie Trapnell

Senior Advisor


Stephanie Trapnell has more than 12 years of experience as a technical specialist with the World Bank and project manager with the Hertie School of Governance. Her professional focus is on transparency, accountability, and ethics in government. Her work spans several fields including public administration and accountability, political institutions and service delivery in sectors. Stephanie has led The Governance Group´s support on Public Financial Assessments and scoping of an Innovation and Anti-Corruption hub in Nepal. Stephanie holds a post-graduate degree from SAIS and is currently pursuing a PhD at George Mason University.

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Josefine Eggum

Senior Associate


+47 480 47 737


Josefine Eggum joins us from the Sahara Forest Project where she worked with the production of sustainable food, water and energy in dry and desert areas. She previously worked at SEB Merchant Banking within corporate risk and capital structure analysis and advisory. At SEB, Josefine was also involved with work on Green Bonds. She holds an MSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.


Hannah Hills



+47 486 37 676


Hannah is certified in the Global Reporting Initiative’s-GRI standards for sustainability reporting and advises businesses on how to understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. Hannah provides research and technical support to TGG teams including large evaluations. She has previously worked on development and research projects for the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. Hannah holds a Masters degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo.

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Annik Cecilie Saxegaard Falch



+47 990 04 775

Annik is experienced in business strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and has worked for Aspiri AS and in the San Francisco start-up community. She has experience as an external editor for the the Journal of Military Ethics (JME) and as a contributing researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). Annik provides TGG with research and analysis in developing their work on CSR, and is currently assisting The Governance Group with their rating of the top 100 listed companies in Norway on sustainability reporting.

Annik holds a Masters degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where she wrote her thesis on the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global and its ethical obligations, as well as a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), where she wrote her thesis on ESG integration in the Nordic Private Equity industry.